Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > The Music Forums > General Music
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-07-2013, 05:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
Zer0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ireland
Posts: 3,791
Default Do The Order Of Songs On An Album Really Matter To You?

Inspired by a friend telling me that he only listens to albums on shuffle. I don't really understand the point of doing that as I feel that the album can lose some of it's impact on the listener. I always try to listen to albums in the order the artist intended. Granted there are plenty of albums where the sequencing seems wrong, but when the artist (or producer) gets it right and each songs flows perfectly into the next it can really make the album sound better on the whole and take you on a trip. I also like the idea of a beginning, middle and end to an album where certain songs seem to suit best at certain stages. Even when I'm creating playlists for myself or others I always try to put the songs in the order I think works best rather than just randomly.
__________________
Zer0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 06:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
the worst guy
 
Goofle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Miami is the place
Posts: 11,435
Default

I try it with some albums that are kind of starting to bore me, but generally I think it's an odious experience.
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chula Vista View Post
[youtube]NUmCWGPgU7g[/url]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chula Vista View Post
[youtube]=LtYg1xz1A00[/youbube]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mindfulness View Post
2. What was the strangest/best/worst party you ever went to?
Prolly a party I had with some people I know
Goofle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 06:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
Zer0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ireland
Posts: 3,791
Default

The only real case where I'll listen to an album on shuffle is if it's a compilation and the song sequencing doesn't really matter to me as much. Other than that I have to listen to albums sequentially.
__________________
Zer0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 06:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
the worst guy
 
Goofle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Miami is the place
Posts: 11,435
Default

Sometimes I download an album and the tracks aren't in order. I listen to it and judge it based on that, but when you realise it's clearly out of order (one song ends with silence and the next fades in) then I have to go and put it back together again or it feels incomplete.
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chula Vista View Post
[youtube]NUmCWGPgU7g[/url]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chula Vista View Post
[youtube]=LtYg1xz1A00[/youbube]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mindfulness View Post
2. What was the strangest/best/worst party you ever went to?
Prolly a party I had with some people I know
Goofle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 07:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
Music Addict
 
Paedantic Basterd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 5,128
Default

Truthfully, it does matter to me, and I think a lot of classic albums consider their track order when they're putting together an album. For instance, the arc of Hissing Fauna would make no sense if the album weren't organized as it is, and regardless of lyrical concept, it would make no structural sense to open an album with the Antlers' Wake or Epilogue, which close it out together.

Even albums that aren't such substantial pieces feel different out of order. I coped The Presets' Apocalypso for a friend, but the mislabeled files caused a track-order shuffling, and the resulting album that we listened to five times on the road trip was awkward and lackluster, because the punch-and-come-down order of things had been destroyed.

I'm a big believer in going with what the artist's intent is for the listener, unless my enjoyment of an album hinges on one song I can't stand that taints the whole thing for me. Impossible Soul, I'm looking at you.
Paedantic Basterd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 12:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
A.B.N.
 
djchameleon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: NY baby
Posts: 11,160
Default

If I'm listening to the album for the first time then it HAS to be in order than the artist intended but after that it's anything goes depending on how I feel about certain tracks. I will mostly skip around on my own but not really shuffle though. I mark which tracks are my favorite then I'll play those in order.
__________________
Fame, fortune, power, titties. People say these are the most crucial things in life, but you can have a pocket full o' gold and it doesn't mean sh*t if you don't have someone to share that gold with. Seems simple. Yet it's an important lesson to learn. Even lone wolves run in packs sometimes.


Quote:
Originally Posted by RoxyRollah View Post
IMO I don't know jack-**** though so don't listen to me.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Franco Pepe Kalle View Post
The problem is that most police officers in America are psychopaths.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Batlord View Post
You're a terrible dictionary.
djchameleon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 01:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
Music Addict
 
ZiggyStardust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Mars
Posts: 107
Default

__________________
Welcome to the internet, where opinions are like toilets; everyone thinks theirs are perfect but the public ones stink.
ZiggyStardust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 01:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
Engorged Member
 
sidewinder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 5,536
Default

I agree with most of the statements, track order most definitely matters. Not just because the artist intended it to be that way, but because it usually flows well that way and I can't think of a compelling argument for not listening to it in that order. Other than trying to get a new perspective on an album you're very familiar with, just for fun. But I'm never done that. I'll shuffle a playlist with multiple albums in it, of course, but an album is an album.

The only album I can think of that would sound the same in order or on shuffle is Aphex Twin's Drukqs, as I've never felt that much thought went into ordering the tracks. It feels very random to me, and I actually separated the two discs into my own "chill" and "hyper" discs rather than having it all mixed up like RDJ did.
__________________
last.fm | my collection on RYM | vinyl instagram @allthatyouseeandhear
I'd love to see your signature/links too, but the huge and obnoxious ones have caused me to block all signatures.
sidewinder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 03:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
The Sexual Intellectual
 
Urban Hat€monger ?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Somewhere cooler than you
Posts: 18,446
Default

Depends on the album.

If it's a well crafted piece of work that's meant to be enjoyed as a whole then yes it does matter because usually these things have been put in that order for a reason over hours of deliberation & thought.

If the album is just a reason to stick a few singles together with a bunch of filler tracks to sell them again as an album then no, usually I just want to hear the singles anyway.
__________________



Urb's RYM Stuff

Most people sell their soul to the devil, but the devil sells his soul to Nick Cave.
Urban Hat€monger ? is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 03:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
Music Addict
 
Thom Yorke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,839
Default

I think it does. Even if it isn't a concept album or anything, once I listen to the album a few times and get into the flow of it, it's tough for me to listen to it out of order. I just like getting into the flow of it where I know what the next song will be an I love to key in on the transitions.
Thom Yorke is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads



© 2003-2021 Advameg, Inc.